I have talked before about how I don’t do two page layouts. I don’t have any talent when it comes to anything bigger (or smaller) than a 12×12 page. So why try again? Well, when you have hundreds of photos to scrap, it can be a bit more efficient to work on a larger scale. Yes, I could scrap 5 photos on two separate pages. The photos of the architecture at EPCOT felt like they needed to go together. Two page layouts also tend to make the paper placement pretty easy.
In this case, I only needed to choose 2 papers. I wanted to play off of the green and maroon tones of the Chinese pavilion. Normally I would pour over all of my paper, looking for something that was just right. I got lucky with this layout. I had just recently received a new paper order that I hadn’t put away yet. As soon as I saw the 1canoe2 paper from my order, I knew it was the perfect choice. The green, pink, and maroon from their Willow collection was just what I needed.
I would like to say that I was able to throw this together fairly quickly. That would be a lie. I did use a Pin to inspire the layout. (I tracked down the artist, and you can find her work here, though her blog is no longer active.) The paper cutting and gluing was a snap. The photo placement was pretty fast as well. Then the layout sat for a day. Next I placed the washi top at the top and bottom to give it a bit more of a finished look. (Though I am not a washi fan, I do like the ultra thin rolls.) I also cut out the journal piece from another Willow paper, and wrote out my journaling. Again, I was flummoxed, so I stopped once again. The following day I placed the title and the gold triangles. People, it took an entire week to finish picking out the embellishments and gluing them down! Yes, I am aware it’s only a few chipboard hearts from various collections and some gold doilies. I honestly wish I could just pick out photos and papers, glue everything down, and then hand it to someone else to embellish!
Though it was a pain to put together, I like the end result. It’s the first two page layout that I think was a success. If I am honest, the thing that I like the most about it is the paper. I really do find this collection quite beautiful. The color palette is gorgeous. I absolutely fell in love with that floral. Though I buy many floral papers, I almost never use them. This one needed to be on a layout immediately.
Disney tip: As an adult, I very much enjoyed traveling around the world at EPCOT. Be aware, that most countries aren’t accessible until 11:00. You can get breakfast at the bakeries in France and Norway before 11:00. You can also ride Frozen Ever After in Norway. However, you won’t be able to explore any further. My photo of the gate in China is all I got to see of the China pavilion. Sadly, we were there before 11:00, and never made it back.